Sunderland’s encounter with Burton Albion on Saturday, September 7th has been postponed, as revealed by their official club website.
The match was due to be played during the international period and the Black Cats Sunderland have received three international call-ups, resulting in the fixture has been postponed.
Conor McLaughlin, Jon McLaughlin and Tom Flanagan have been called up to their international squads, with the Brewers also having two players missing. Nathan Broadhead selected for Wales U21s and Liam Boyce on international duty with Northern Ireland.
Burton could also lose on-loan Manchester United stopper Kieran O’Hara, who has been selected in the provisional Republic of Ireland squad.
Sunderland fans have been reacting on Twitter, convinced that last year’s problems were caused by a fixture pile-up. They had matches postponed over the international breaks last time out, as well as EFL trophy commitments leading to a huge backlog.
Not only that, but fans are seemingly fed up with the frustration of rearranging games at short notice, as you’ll see from their responses below.
Let the fixture pile up commence. Too many rescheduled games in too short a period of time is exactly why we fell away last season. Obviously whoever makes the decision has learned bugger all.
— Dave (@Yellowbug1969) August 28, 2019
As a season card holder based down south this will mean another midweek fixture I can’t attend! Thanks 👍🏻🤬
— Stuart Freemantle (@stufreemantle1) August 28, 2019
So all we’ve lost is McLaughlin , when we have burge as a capabale keeeper.
Flanagan, who doesn’t play and we have countless defenders
And other Mclaughlin, whom we have players that could cover.
What a disgrace
— Eddie (@EddieSAFCx) August 28, 2019
Gutted. I'm up that weekend for the Great North Run and was looking forward to going to the game on the Saturday. Never mind hopefully the break will help the players after a hectic start
— Will Boyd (@will_boyd21) August 28, 2019
I thought it was because el brassico (Bolton v Bury) was supposed to be on Sky and they needed a replacement!
— Stephen Willford (@swillford) August 28, 2019
tbh I said the same thing last night until Matty reminded me 🙄
As soon as we're out the cups the better for me this season, everything is around promotion, nothing else will do.
— Blah Blah Blah (@old_punky) August 28, 2019
Why would any of you want us to play with our back ups? Instead of postponing a match..crazy. I want a full available squad with my international quality players available
— broncopete (@peter_mcgirr) August 28, 2019